Quantitative vs. Qualitative Methods to Establish Trustworthiness (Blog #8)

A clear way to develop your understanding of reliability and validity in the context of qualitative research (esp. for undergraduates)

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The methods used by quantitative and qualitative researchers to establish trustworthiness differ in many ways.  For qualitative researchers, the methods used to establish trustworthiness include credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability.  For quantitative researchers, the methods used to establish trustworthiness include internal validity, external validity, reliability, and objectivity.  

Criteria: Truth Value

    Credibility is one method used by qualitative researchers to establish trustworthiness by examining the data, data analysis, and conclusions to see whether or not the study is correct and accurate.  For qualitative researchers, credibility is a method that includes researchers taking on activities that increase probability so that there will be trustworthy findings.  The following are procedures qualitative researchers can use to increase credibility in qualitative studies:

1.  Prolonged engagement is an activity qualitative researchers use to learn traditions and customs of the participants and build trust.  It is crucial for researchers to spend a…

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